Driving into the Future with Driverless Buses
Singapore’s first self-driving buses will hit the roads at Nanyang Technological University
The bus you board in the near future may well be a driverless one. Developed by NTU’s Energy Research Institute (ERI@N) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the bus of the future may well be electric-hybrid vehicles that can be charged at the bus depot or bus stop, as well. The innovation was announced in 2016, along with plans to trial the “green bus”, ferrying commuters between Pioneer MRT and NTU.
- Address manpower issues
- Improve road safety
- Reduce vehicle congestion
- Alleviate pollution
“Current efforts worldwide have been focused on cars, so this autonomous bus trial is the first-of- its-kind in Singapore that will aim to improve road safety, reduce vehicle congestion, alleviate pollution and address manpower challenges."
Professor Lam Khin Yong,
NTU Chief of Staff and Vice-President
A more developed version of the driverless bus could include a self-driving sensor to help vehicles navigate Singapore’s road traffic and climate conditions. Besides boosting the quality of public transport, this is also a step towards alleviating pollution.